Watch: A letter to the president from the Cape Flats

CAPE TOWN –The global pandemic has not only closed businesses and increased the country’s death, but it has also highlighted the much-needed work that needs to be done and more importantly, it has brought people together.

In various townships and Cape Flats communities, residents took it upon themselves to stop starvation and help those who are in desperate need of help.

Joanie Fredericks from Tafelsig CAN who is one of the organisers of the video message to the president on behalf of thousands of food activists said the situation is beyond serious and that they’re in need of attention from the leader of South Africa.

“Your people did visit and promised to help. No help has arrived yet Mr President,” said Fredericks.

“Father of our Nation, our President. The reality is that sponsors are no longer able to help and we are battling to feed our communities. The crisis is deepening Mr President and without real intervention, it could become a catastrophe,” she wrote.

 

Dear Mr PresidentMonday 10 August 2020 As you may recall Mr President five months ago I, Joanie Fredericks,Tafelsig Activist on the Ground round sent you a request for help. Your people did visit and promised to help. No help has arrived yet Mr. President. The situation is now beyond serious and in need of your personal attention as the Leader of South Africa, Father of our Nation, our President. The reality is that sponsors are no longer able to help and we are battling to feed our communities. The crisis is deepening Mr. President and without real intervention it could become a catastrophe. With the help of Marc Lottering, Comedian and Community Activist, I have invited other communities engaged in soup kitchens to tell their stories. We have edited a video that tells the stories of desperate communities across South Africa especially for you Mr President. Ordinary People doing extraordinary things. I would appreciate the opportunity to present our collective stories and struggle to you in person. This video is the collective effort of communities across South Africa and I want to thank Marc Lottering and Voice Winner Craig Lucas for this powerful song WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE especially written for our video and the master editor and storyteller Munier Parker for this powerful video project. STORIES HAVE POWER and our stories matter, Mr President. We need you to hear the plight of our communities, listen to our potential solution to the deepening crises and then assist us in feeding our people as enshrined in the Constitution. Our voices must and will be heard, the people are hungry, Mr President. Please help us STOP STARVATION and FEED THE PEOPLE. People of South Africa Please share the video and use the following hashtags: #DearMrPresident # WhatAboutThePeople #feedthenation #stopstarvation #ourstoriesmatter #communityleaders #communityactivists #notonmywatch #forthepeopleJoanie FredericksTafelsig Activist on the Ground (on behalf of thousands of other soup kitchens and food activists across South Africa)Cell/Whatsapp:076 621 0245Email: hello@mitchellsplaincan.co.zaWebsite: www.mitchellsplaincan.co.za

Posted by Joanie Fredericks on Monday, 10 August 2020

 

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